Divorce Process in Oregon
When the question of divorce arises, it can feel overwhelming and most hope it will go by quickly. Whether a divorce goes quickly or slowly can depend on many possibilities. However, the divorce process in Oregon has basic steps every divorce must take regardless of complexity or simplicity.
The Petition for DivorceA divorce begins with a Petition for Dissolution. This is your request to Oregon that your marriage be dissolved and perhaps includes request for how property should be divided, which parent gets custody, and whether child support or spousal support should be paid. This Petition must be filed with the court in your county and officially served to the other party. Service means a person (not a party) over eighteen provided a copy of most all that you filed with the courts to the other party. Any married person can request a divorce. Oregon is a no-fault divorce state so what wrong a spouse did to the other spouse will not often be considered unless those wrongs depleted property or negatively impacted minor children. There are important steps to creating a Petition but Oregon also has educational materials and forms for persons without attorneys you can review.
After the PetitionAfter the other party is served with the paperwork you must file with the court, they will have thirty (30) days to respond to your Petition. They can file a response that says they disagree and even make their own counter requests. If they file a response, a trial will be scheduled. If they don't file a response, then you can request the court find their silence is acceptance of the terms you requested. This is called a default. Depending on the facts of your case, there may be other options as well.